Weather alert siren coming to White Heath

An old siren that in the past alerted Mid-Piatt firefighters to emergency calls will be repurposed to serve as an emergency weather siren for the White Heath area.

Author tackles euthanasia in first fiction work

Already the author of several books on local history, Monticello author Maureen Holtz has decided to wade into the realm of novelized fiction with a heady subject: euthanasia.

Her latest release, “The Last Resort” focuses on an imaginary African country that decides to legalize physician-assisted death to encourage tourism.

Sages Strut to be Sept. 26

The Monticello Elementary Schools Parent Teacher Organization is busy planning the fifth annual Sages Strut, a wellness work that all elementary school students will participate in on Friday, Sept. 26 at the Monticello High School track. It is the primary fundraiser for the PTO, which raised about $28,000 with last year’s Strut.

Protested tax dollars to be released

The dollars that local entities will receive once decades-old protested monies are released will vary widely, but all seem pleased with the effort that will present them with unexpected revenue.

School board discusses legalities of ballot questio

Now that two school-related referendum questions have been placed on the Nov. 4 ballot, Monticello School Board members must toe a fine line between giving their personal opinions on the ballot issues and officially endorsing them as school board members.

Students return for 2014-15 school year

School began for most Piatt County students on Aug. 20, 2014. From technology and kindergarten 'boot camps' to tours of their new schools, students and teachers settled into their class schedules.

Firm wants to locate cannabis growing facility in Monticello

A Chicago company wants to put a medical marijuana cultivation center on 23 acres of land in Monticello that it already has under contract.

Representatives of TKPP Investments gave their pitch to the city council Monday for a 45,000-square-foot, $4.5 million facility on the southern edge of town near the county jail.

Taxes due on Sept. 2

The second installment of the Piatt County Real Estate Taxes will be due Tuesday, Sept. 2. Taxpayers are reminded that the Labor Day holiday will be observed Monday, September 1st and that the Courthouse will be closed in observance of the holiday.

Route 105 resurfacing to start Aug. 25

Contractors will start a resurfacing project on Illinois Route 105 (Market Street) through Monticello on Monday, Aug. 25. The project will include patching, milling and bituminous resurfacing of the highway from Kratz Road to Ridings Drive, a span of 3.2 miles.

Public invited to meeting at Allerton Park

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), and State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) will join with other local officials and area residents to meet with Allerton Park and University of Illinois administrators at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

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